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Cover Story: 20 to Know

By: Jeff Falk
Posted: January 10, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Tom Raffy
President/Technical Sales
GAR Labs Inc.

Tom Raffy is an adventurer, a man who has piloted his small aircraft through storms over the Pacific, and he brings the enthusiasm required in this sense of adventure to his business. His enthusiasm for and ability to engage others about GAR Labs has led to a successful 25 years of business—measured by both a proliferation of successfully designed product lines and through its employees.

“We are proud to say that our average employee has worked here for more than 15 years, which shows up in our finished product quality and consistency,” says Raffy. “We have three tenured formulating chemists. Our primary research chemist, who has been at GAR Labs for more than 20 years, is very innovative and has the knack of being able to identify market trends and to associate new product technology with those trends.”

With a primary strength in new product and new market technology, GAR Labs focuses on continual development of a series of new hair and skin care products. And the drive for the new and innovative in product offerings has also translated to how the company conducts its business, investing heavily in business technologies.

“This technological edge gives us the ability to quickly give same-day pricing as well as INCI compliant ingredient statements within minutes. This major advantage helps speed communication as well as new product development from months to days,” Raffy says.
Raffy’s latest adventure is converting GAR Labs to solar power. The parabolic dishes and 400–500 solar electric panels required for the 86,000-square-foot facility will make the company reasonably energy independent.